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Emily Dickinson?

People ask me what I’m going to teach the boys on the ranch.  One answer is that many things will teach themselves…like Emily Dickinson. Out here, I feel myself Surrounded by Emily Dickinson – her Metaphors – exploding all around – Her flowers – her bees, Her sunsets – her trees! the family, she held […]

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If We Knew What We Were Doing…

My dad, who has successfully run his own business for over 30 years, likes to say: “If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn’t be doing this.” Now obviously, he has done a lot of things right over the years: made enough money to raise 6 kids on one salary with his wife at […]

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Cowboy Boots and Running Shoes

http://www.joebilldixon.com/staff.html At breakfast this morning, Brandon Maxwell and I met with Joe Bill Dixon, one of Whetstone’s founding board members. If you lived in West Plains, I would not have to write anything else.  I could end this entry right now, and you would call up our office to ask how you could be involved […]

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Faithful with Little

Have you ever tried to raise $150,000 in 5 months? If you have, call me now and tell me the secret…please! If you haven’t, let me share an inside look. First off, asking someone for money is humbling. It’s an open admission that you can’t do something by yourself, with your own resources. And let’s […]

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Pink Buckets

How many of you out there have brought home a wild animal for a pet?  You thought the kids would learn to appreciate nature a little more if it were up close and personal.  You thought you’d rescue a baby rabbit about to be eaten by your cat which had it cornered and seemed to […]

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It’s Only Natural

One must be careful when drawing uplifting moral lessons from nature.  The barbaric and the hostile are just as easily derived from observing the animal kingdom at close quarters.  Both modern and ancient peoples have been guilty of sacrificing human welfare (and sometimes humans!) in idolatrous pantheism. However, I believe that for those who submit […]

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A Tale of Two Goats

This is a story of two goats. The first, pictured above, is a semi-feral remnant from the goat herd that used to populate the farm where we rent. He spooked us the first time we stumbled across him on a hike – bursting out from an abandoned farmhouse he has apparently claimed since the rest […]

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Hard-Fast Flexible

There is a term we use around the ranch called the “hard-fast flexible.”  It comes up in conversation as follows:  “Hey, Matt,” I say. “What should I do when a boy won’t stop cussing?” (Matt Foster has been our program director and lead therapist for the last 6 years, so he’s had to answer this […]

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Double-Edged Sword

At Whetstone Boys Ranch, we come face to face with some rather unpleasant behaviors. It’s our job to deal with the root causes of these which go back generations, so we don’t take it personally; but it’s not surprising that we might develop some rudeness ourselves. We call it being blunt or honest. We dress […]

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Guitar Hero

I currently attend a boarding school in Missouri that also is a working ranch.  We have chickens and goats and cows, oh my!  Mr. Evans, who is from New Jersey, is the house dad.  He works for the majority of the week, so I get to hang out with him frequently.  He likes music, fishing, […]

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